Savannah College of Art and Design
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Savannah College of Art and Design prepares talented students for creative professions through engaged teaching and learning in a positively oriented university environment. SCAD is continually recognized for educational and professional excellence, affirming our commitment to the highest standards of achievement in art and design in the U.S.
SCAD constantly researches and reimagines programs to instill the critical skills and knowledge students need to succeed in their chosen careers. SCAD consults industry leaders, gathers data on business and design needs and collects student feedback to inform the genesis and evolution of every degree taught at the university. SCAD offers more programs and specializations than any other art and design university in the U.S., with 40 undergraduate, and 61 graduate degree programs.
SCAD is one university — offering degrees in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, and online via eLearning, with additional study abroad opportunities in Lacoste, France. Each SCAD location provides a new experience, and students can choose to study in any location, at any quarter during their education. At every location and online, in every discipline, SCAD students are educated through comprehensive curricula and sophisticated technology so that they may create their most ambitious visions. Designed to exceed the leading-edge resources found in top design firms and global headquarters, SCAD resources instill in-demand technological agility. With licensure for more than 100 software packages and remote access to next-gen programs.
SCAD students represent all 50 states and over 100 countries. Career preparation is elemental, woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate. As a testament to fulfilling the SCAD mission, 99 percent of spring 2017, spring 2018 and spring 2019 SCAD graduates were employed, pursuing further education or both within ten months of graduation. SCAD offers entry to a prestigious global network of professional connections and more than 45,000 alumni in 70 + countries — artists, designers, scholars, and creative leaders who share the SCAD hustle and become future collaborators.
Savannah is the heart of the most distinctive built environment in higher education, where more than 80 SCAD buildings, galleries, and halls are organically situated in one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the U.S. These historically important, contemporary learning environments include the award-winning SCAD Museum of Art. Housed in the former headquarters of the Central of Georgia Railway, the museum draws international visitors as well as renowned artists for transcendent exhibitions.
SCAD Atlanta offers resources to catapult students to success. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film introduces the future of fashion design through virtual and in-person exhibitions and events. SCADshow theater hosts renowned guests in entertainment during buzzworthy festivals. The SCAD Digital Media Center rivals major studios in the area with its state-of-the-art production and postproduction spaces for animation, film, television, gaming, AR/VR, visual effects, and more. Also in the DMC, screenwriting resources give budding scribes the skills to write everything from podcasts and scripts to novels and news articles under the mentorship of today’s top storytellers. SCAD students live, study, and play in residences designed with passion and perspective in mind — like FORTY, the university’s newest residence hall, offering 14 stories of spectacular Midtown views.
In Lacoste, from La Maison Basse, a farmhouse-turned-residence hall dating back eight centuries, to Theatre du SCAD to the Pfriem Terrace, students in all disciplines make unforgettable memories. Ancient stone structures, including a village bakery and a home once owned by the philosopher and revolutionary Marquis de Sade, have been transformed into new studios, classrooms, a café and event space, and a digitally connected library.
At every location and online, in every discipline, SCAD students are educated through comprehensive curricula and sophisticated technology so that they may create their most ambitious visions. Designed to exceed the leading-edge resources found in top design firms and global headquarters, SCAD resources instill in-demand technological agility.
SCAD faculty are inventors, designers, and creative leaders. In small classroom settings on-ground and online, SCAD students work side by side with accomplished educators who have refined their abilities at elite companies including CBS, DC Comics, Disney, DreamWorks, Google, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Oréal, Marvel, Museum of Modern Art, Musée National d’Art Moderne, NASA, The New Yorker, Samsung, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Versace, and Warner Bros. With awards from the Emmys, Oscars, Cannes, and the American Institute of Architects, these powerhouse SCAD professors stand at the forefront of every professional realm. In each department, SCAD educators continue to engage in their areas of expertise as they educate the next wave of innovators. SCAD professors’ program popular video games by Activision and Electronic Arts, author prize-winning publications, and take stories from script to screen for Netflix, Pixar, and Disney — experiences that inform their teaching.
To ensure faculty stay current in their disciplines, SCAD provides support for faculty members to gain coveted certifications in cutting-edge technology applications, emergent design methodologies, and innovative research practices. In addition, faculty members have access to ongoing opportunities to expand their development as researchers, scholars, and discipline experts by participating in approved professional conferences, onsite training sessions, and off-site workshops. SCAD recognizes that faculty application and use of technologies to extend the learning environment builds an immersive educational experience that encourages continuous learning, supports increased motivation and achievement, and elevates teaching effectiveness across the university.
Career preparation is elemental, woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate. As a testament to fulfilling the SCAD mission, 99 percent of spring 2017, spring 2018 and spring 2019 SCAD graduates were employed, pursuing further education or both within ten months of graduation.
SideFX Houdini, The Foundry NUKE Compositing and MARI 3-D Paint, Autodesk Maya with MotionBuilder, Vicon Blade and Shogun, Rendering software: Solid Angle Arnold, Pixar’s Renderman and Redshift, Adobe Creative Cloud, Majority of the classes are conducted using the industry standard LINUX operating system, Toon Boom, Ableton Live, Virtual collaboration software: Perforce, Shotgun, Miro, Individual educational use licenses for Adobe Creative Suite, Marmoset, Perforce, Microsoft suite, New virtual production software and hardware for camera matching, live compositing, Game Engines: Unreal Engine and Unity, 3D modeling: Maya, 3D Studio Max, and ZBrush, Programming: Microsoft Visual Studio, C++, Processing, various scripting compilers, Additional Software: Substance Designer and Painter, Marvelous Designer, 3D Coat, Marmoset Toolbag, Headus UV.
4K and 6K Blackmagic URSA cinema cameras, Canon and Rokinon Cinema lenses, ARRI Tungsten and LED studio and portable lighting kits, Kessler motion control system. Photogrammetry camera rigs and software, Full Frame Canon DSLRs, Steadicam and dolly rigs, Zoom accounts for all school faculty, staff and students, Cloud storage for student files on Dropbox, LMS (Learning Management System). New virtual production software and hardware for camera matching, live compositing.
All game lab computers have upgraded dual screen/widescreen monitors, game standard computers with i7 or i9 processors and Nvidia 2070 or 2080 graphics cards. Over 352 Cintiq stations in the game buildings, over 901 schoolwide. Game UX testing lab with Tobii Eye trackers, HTC Vive Pro Eye, overhead monitors for researchers to watch game play sessions and dividers in each station for individual player testing.
Photogrammetry lab has been set up using a 9 camera setup for scanning in geometry of digital doubles and learning to clean the data up for game production use. AR and VR equipment: Microsoft Hololens 2 and Hololens; Microsoft Mixed Reality Headset; HTC Vive and Vive Pros; Oculus Rift S, Quest, and Go with Touch Controllers; Magic Leap; Apple iPhone XS and XR, Samsung S9, GoPro 360 recording kits, Games Library with board games, consoles and console games: PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and games for each console.
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Take a look at some of the traditional and digital artwork Savannah College of Art and Design students produce during their education.
•Kate Kirby-O’Connell - Character TD at Walt Disney Animation Studios
“I was nine years old when I realized I wanted to work in feature films – specifically 3D animation for a studio like Disney, Pixar, Blue Sky, or DreamWorks. I wanted to breathe life into imagined worlds. SCAD helped me make my childhood dream come true. When I started my internship at Blue Sky Studios, every single aspect of the animations pipeline was something I’d already experienced at SCAD on collaborative assignments. The SCAD culture prepared me perfectly for the professional environment. SCAD gave me the toolkit – time management, prioritizing, and technical mastery”.
Networking & Careers
In residence halls at all locations, SCAD students live and study among inspired décor and art curated to stir creativity. The university promotes activities that foster leadership, social responsibility, and health and wellness — a commitment embodied by Bee Well, which offers safe and confidential comprehensive care for students’ emotional, physical, and social health. Bee Well also offers virtual group sessions that include Coffee with a Counselor, where students engage in casual conversation with other students about their lives, their work, and how to maintain organization.
SCAD presents signature events and virtual gatherings where visionary artists, designers, scholars, and entrepreneurs share insider knowledge and offer masterful advice. The SCAD Savannah Film Festival, the largest university-run film festival in the world, has screened more than 100 Academy Award-nominated films and honored more than 90 legends of cinema during the past 20 years. Original senior and graduate student collections make their global debut before stylish brands, fashion judges, influencers, and press in Atlanta, Savannah, and online at SCAD FASHION shows and digital presentations. SCADstyle, an annual gathering of influencers and cult creatives, gives students an exclusive glimpse into the worlds of design, fashion, and creative business leadership. SCAD deFINE ART and SCAD AT MIAMI showcase contemporary art, design innovation, and performances — and recognize emerging and established artists. The latest advances in animation, film, television, and immersive reality are experienced at SCADFILM festivals, which include SCAD AnimationFest, SCAD aTVfest, and SCAD GamingFest.
Following studios hire our graduates: 343 Industries, Air BNB, Airship Syndicate, Amazon, Avalanche Studios, Bento Box Entertainment, Bethesda Softworks, Big Fish Games, Big Huge Games, Bioware, Blizzard Entertainment, Blue Sky Studios, Blur, BMW, Bungie, Cartoon Network, Deep Silver Volition, Deloitte, Digital Domain, DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Facebook, Fivestone Studios, Floyd County Productions, Ford Motors, Framestore, Golden Wolf, Gearbox, General Motors, GluMobile, Google, Hasbro, Happy Mushroom, Hexbug, Hi-Rez Studios, Hornet, IBM, id Software, Industrial Light & Magic, Infinity Ward, Insomniac, Laika, Magic Leap, Marvel Studios, Method Studios, Microsoft, MPC, Naughty Dog, Nickelodeon, Nintendo, Pixar, Primal Screen, Prism, Reel FX, Red Squadron, Riot Games, Rockstar Games, Rooster Teeth, Samsung, SideFX, Sledgehammer Games, Sony Pictures Animation/Imageworks, Sony Interactive, Starcrossed Gamers, Sucker Punch, Tencent Games, The Mill, Treyarch, Turner Broadcasting (Adult Swim), Turn 10 Studios, Ubisoft, Valve, Uber, Universal Studios, Vicarious Visions, Visceral Games, Volvo, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Interactive, WB Games, Zenimax Online, Weta Digital.
SCAD constantly researches and reimagines programs to instill the critical skills and knowledge students need to succeed in their chosen careers. SCAD consults industry leaders, gathers data on business and design needs, and collects student feedback to inform the genesis and evolution of every degree taught at the university. SCAD offers more programs and specializations than any other art and design university in the U.S., with 40 undergraduate, and 61 graduate degree programs.
SCAD digital media programs are known to adopt more cutting-edge technology faster than most companies are able to. SCAD’s experienced and credentialed faculty have notable accomplishments in the industry as well as academic pursuits. As industry leaders in their respective fields, SCAD faculty honed their skills at top global companies. With years of professional experience, the university faculty offers one-of-a-kind classroom instruction while connecting with industry networks, resulting in valuable career opportunities.
SCAD’s curriculum consists of production-based, assignment-driven courses taught by industry professionals. To foster interdisciplinary collaboration and immerse students even more in the intense, deadline-driven real-world of production, every quarter includes collaborative project courses. Students work as a team to research, conceptualize, develop, and produce content. Projects utilize SCAD’s leading-edge resources and establish relationships among students from visual effects with animation, motion media, interactive and game design, immersive reality (AR/VR), film and television, production design, sound design, graphic design, dramatic writing, themed entertainment that parallel real-world industry collaboration.
SCAD operates on a quarterly system with (3) 10-week quarter, the 4th quarter, summer, is optional. Annual tuition is $37,575 undergraduate / $38,475 graduate. Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year. There are no deadlines to apply; although, students are encouraged apply at least six months in advance to allow time to arrange for financial aid, and no later than 30 days prior to the start of their first quarter. Admission results normally take between two and four weeks.
SCAD offers more programs and specializations than any other art and design university in the U.S., with 40 undergraduate, and 61 graduate degree programs. Here is a small snapshot of what is offered. For further information please visit their website.
Illuminate fantastical realms and characters that launch careers, bring joy to fans, and take the world by storm. Named a top animation program in the U.S. year after year by Animation Career Review, SCAD provides every resource to help you develop your signature style in 2D, 3D, and stop-motion animation, digital modeling, rigging, lighting, and look development. As you work with top companies and peers, you’ll become a pro at collaboration — just like in the real world.
With a stroke of the pen or stylus, illustrators convey emotions, ideas, and information across a variety of different media — incisive cartoons, bite-sized mobile games, book covers, and building-sized murals. At SCAD, illustration students cultivate their own unique style and personal brand in a comprehensive program that explores both traditional and digital media. Students learn to create concepts and select materials while developing the portfolio and business acumen necessary to thrive in professional practice.
From epic Hollywood blockbusters to bite-sized mobile programming, film and television content requires timeless storytelling and a complex harmony of production and performance. With resources that rival the biggest studios, award-winning professors, stellar signature festivals, and a talent pool that includes actors, writers, and production staff, SCAD film and television students have the resources and the stage to lead their own career narratives. Students are immersed in all aspects of the production process as they develop artistic and technical mastery — and work on real sets long before graduation.
Join the leagues of SCAD visual effects alumni, who have shared Academy Awards for their work on such phenomenal films as “Avengers: Endgame,” “Frozen 2,” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” “Toy Story 4,” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” At SCAD, we set you up for success with access to high-end, professional digital tools, and top-of-the-line studios and equipment. Our faculty includes an impressive roster of professionals who have worked for the giants of the industry, and who are the visual effects masterminds behind the most iconic animated films of our era. Now it’s your turn to follow suit.
Industrial designers shape our world, from games and gadgets, to bicycles and boats, to highchairs and helmets. As a student at SCAD, you'll get hands-on experience bringing your ideas to reality, carrying on our great tradition of developing world-class designers. In recent years, our students have worked with some of the most recognizable brands in the world — including Lenova, BMW, AT&T, Clayco, The Coca-Cola Company, Dynacraft, Fisher-Price, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard — to invent practical solutions to real-world challenges. The result? Outstanding portfolios that help our graduates take the professional world by storm.
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